For several months now, we’ve been talking about the new arena name in Ontario – and it appears things are finally ready to be announced. Look for the name to be officially revealed at a press conference on June 11, followed by another major addition to the building next month (more on that aspect of the story is covered toward the end of this article).
When the city-owned building first debuted in October 2008, it came with a ten-year naming rights agreement via a partnership with Citizens Business Bank. As we understand things, a short-term extension was reached last year, allowing for the CBB Arena name – affection referred to as The Vault — to remain in place through the end of the Ontario Reign season. With their AHL schedule now concluded, it’s full steam ahead.
Exactly how the name change would play out has been something we’ve discussed several times since late 2018, both here on MayorsManor and on twitter…
From our March 1, 2019 Tidbits article:
2. Name It
In more Ontario news, the name on the side of the building may soon be changing. From what we gathered, when their original 10-year agreement expired in 2018, Citizen’s Business Bank re-upped on a limited basis, perhaps with a maximum one-year term. We continue to hear a national name, like Toyota, will be taking over the naming rights in Ontario this summer. However, in speaking with an AEG executive this week, nothing sounds imminent.
— The Mayor John Hoven (@mayorNHL) December 31, 2018
3. Completing the Reign-related hat trick
The building is set to – finally – get their new HD scoreboard this summer, believed to be around June sometime. Originally, there were plans to install it before the current AHL season got underway, but they just ran out of time. Regardless, they’ll still get a good six month head start on sprucing things up before hosting the 2020 AHL All Star Game next January.
— John Hoven | The Mayor (@mayorNHL) April 23, 2019
In advance of the name change, lettering outside the arena has already been removed, as can be seen in the pictures below:
Regarding the scoreboard, we also have a few other notes to pass along. The new HD-model will be from the leading scoreboard supplier in the country, Daktronics. In addition to their NFL and MLB installations across North America, the South Dakota-based company has also provided scoreboards to 16 of the 31 NHL arenas – including: MSG in New York, Rogers Arena in Vancouver, SAP Center in San Jose, T-Mobile Arena in Vegas, and Honda Center in Anaheim.
We believe the new scoreboard will be installed sometime next month. Shown below is the current scoreboard along with an artist’s rendition of the new model (obviously the CBBA will be replaced atop the new model).
Per info provided by Daktronics last year, the new scoreboard in Ontario will be a square-shaped design, featuring four large LED screens measuring nearly 12 feet high by 21 feet wide. For comparison purposes — albeit in a much larger building — the new scoreboard in Anaheim measures approximately 20 x 30 feet. Thus, the scaling should be rather impressive during next season’s Ontario Reign games.
UPDATE: June 10, 2019 at 10:00 am
Here’s a little sneak peek of what’s to come at the Toyota Arena, where it will be out with #TheVault and in with #TheGarage …
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